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I have a question regarding moving with a "recovering spook". Besides Miriam's track life, she has only lived only on 35 acres for the past 6 years and now we will be living in an apartment most likely for the rest of her life. Background: I call Miriam a recovering spook because I know she will have a bit of "spookiness" in her forever. When we failed fostering 6 years ago, she was afraid of everything. She was only slightly less afraid of me (I guess it pays to be a short female human) than Roy. She would not even approach Roy. When Roy approached her, she just shook. For the first 1 1/2 years approximately, we attached a 15 foot rope to her collar when she would be out in the yard so we could reel her in. The first cold spell of winter after she came home it was in the mid single digits and we could not get her to come into the house. She would not approach us. Dixie couldn't convince her that it was okay to come in. It took more than 1/2 hour to get her to come inside. I was about in tears worried that we would never get her to come into the house. I still don't know how we got her to come in. When we fed her, the food had to be put in her stand and we had to sit still as possible and not look at her. She was and still is a "water 'holic". When she get nervous she chugs water like an alcoholic. She now thinks her dad "hung the moon" and will approach people at gatherings to get some pets. She still prefers to "hide" outside. It is as if she is afraid to be confined. She is no longer afraid of her grandfather and looks to him for massages. My inlaws' house is no longer frightening to her. We started moving into the apartment Labor Day weekend. Miriam has been in the apartment full-time for just under one month. We are still getting stuff in the apartment from our home, but are not done moving in the stuff we want here. (We aren't getting rid of our 35 acres. That is now our future retirement home.) Her first full week she had anywhere from "pudding poops" to "liquid poops", but they improved by the end of the week. They became normal for her (her homemade liver diet causes formed but soft stools normally) for about one week. We have attended two greyhound events since moving where she acted normal for her. The last one being the GPA-WI Gala this past weekend where we spent the night by her grandparents. She was totally comfortable there. Now back at the apartment she has had liquid poops again. I am going to try adding yogurt to her food since pumpkin does nothing for her. She has her next check up (for her liver) on October 21st at her vet "Up North". I may end up making it earlier if her poos don't improve. Finally, my question: If you have ever moved with your spook, how long did it take for your pup to relax?
I've had my greyhound for going on 3 years now. When I first adopted him, he was crated while I was gone. He was crated for a few months. He never seemed to love his crate, but I was always advised to keep him crated. Then I received complaints that he cried all day. After this, I transitioned him out of the crate, and he seemed to relax while home alone. I was able to leave at any time and he'd just sleep on his bed, or the couch. He was very comfortable. About 6 months ago, I moved into a new apartment. I didn't even bother with the crate as he had been out of it for months at that point. When I first moved, he would cry when I left even though we were doing the exact same routine. I'd walk him, come back inside for about 10 minutes and ignore him while I did other stuff, then give a kong and leave. He settled in quickly and we got to the point where I could leave and he wouldn't cry. I believe it took about a week until he calmed down when alone. I could even leave at odd times like late at night, and he would be un-phased. I would come home and he would be sleeping in his bed. While in this apartment, I believe Ziggy was very independent. He knew my schedule and he was given a lot of alone time while I was at work and the gym. I think he enjoyed having the full apartment to himself. I would come home and he would be passed out in my bed and sleepily greet me, and then go back to sleep. Overall, he was just a quiet, lazy greyhound who was fine being alone. Now, I moved into another new apartment this past weekend. Following the same exact routines, he cries all day long when he's alone. My boyfriends work schedule allows him to be home mid-day, so Ziggy has much more company than he used to. Which I thought would be great for him. However, he just seems more anxious when he's alone now. Our morning routine is like this: 5am I wake up and shower. For the first few days, Zig would wake up and follow me to the bathroom. Now, he has remained in his bed sleeping, so progress there! 6am Feed Ziggy breakfast 6-6:30 my boyfriend is still sleeping, I'm getting ready in the bathroom, Zig is by himself sleeping on the couch. 6:30 I take Zig on a 2 mile walk/jog 7:15 I leave. My boyfriend gets ready, Zig sleeps on the couch Around 8 my bf leaves and Zig cries nonstop I come home at 11 and do another 2 mile walk/jog BF comes home around 12 Every time one of us comes home, we hear Ziggy yelping and crying. It seems as if he does it the whole time we're gone. My boyfriend said that he waited down the hall and heard Zig crying for 15 minutes nonstop. He then went inside and Zig immediately stopped crying and then got on the couch and fell asleep. It seems as if Ziggy just doesn't want to be alone. Even though when we're home, Zig does his own thing a lot of the time. I've tried increasing his walks and tiring him out. He's up to 5, 30 minute walks a day. He is uninterested in his kongs. As soon as we leave you can hear him run to the door and just start crying even though he has a kong of peanut butter. I've left the tv on like he'd been used to. He has his same beds and toys and blankets. Nothing has changed except for the apartment. Over the past few months (before the recent move), we have been trying to increase his independence while we're home. Before, I used to let him sleep in my bed with me. Now he knows to sleep in his bed right next to mine. He used to be my lap dog, but I was reading about increasing independence and not flooding him with attention while I'm home. Now, we reward him for laying by himself, or for staying put if we're up moving about. Is it just a matter of time before he realizes that this is his new home and we will always come back? Or is there a bigger issue I'm not seeing? He isn't destructive or going to the bathroom or anything bad like that -- just non stop crying and barking. It's only been a few days, but I'm wondering what I should do to fix this problem soon. I know there are tons of threads on this topic, and I feel like I've tried everything! Any advice on treating separation anxiety following a new move? He was such a quiet and relaxed dog before! And he seems happy and comfortable in the new place while we're home. Even roaching on his bed and passing out so easily and being his normal self. It's just total distress when we leave! Help please!
Context: we've had our greyhound Maisie (almost 3yo) for right at a year. About a month ago, we purchased our first home and moved in. Before that we lived in an apartment. In the apartment, Maisie never had a problem in her crate. In fact, she preferred to be in there when we were gone. She did sleep in the crate at first but after about six months it was no longer necessary. The crate has been in our bedroom in both the apartment and the house. Now in the house, it's clear she has anxiety in the crate. Often times we will come back after a few hours and the tray (under the beds) will be pushed out and there are other clear signs she has been nervous. It takes extreme coaxing to get her into the crate in the first place. We've even tried leaving music or the tv going and it still seems she gets nervous. The crate is not in a drafty area. We are not against leaving her out, but when we've tried to do that she has peed on our rug. My husband works from home so she is never crated all day, only for shorter periods of time. Any suggestions? We've even wondered if getting a second greyhound would alleviate her stress, but we know that comes with its own set of issues....